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Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter

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A book by Thomas Cahill

In this elegant introduction to Greek life and thought, Cahill provides the same majestic historical survey he has already offered for the Irish, the Jews and the Christians. He eloquently narrates the rise of Greek civilization and cannily isolates … see full wiki

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Author: Thomas Cahill
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
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A history of us

  • Aug 14, 2008
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+3
Fourth in the Hinges of History series, following up on

the Jews (The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels (Hinges of History))
the Irish (How the Irish Saved Civilization (Hinges of History))
and Jesus (Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus (Hinges of History))

Cahill wraps up his typically short but powerful summary and popularization (in the best sense of the word) by showing how these disparate influences created our modern world.

Cahill has a gift of pulling in seemingly disconnected, trivial and fascinating facts and weaving them into a history of us with insights you will find nowhere else stated so simply and well.

For example, here we learn about the Greek way of thinking about life--the ephemeral trumps the material, life persists through reincarnation--how that contrasts with the Hebrew way of thinking--physical life is all there is, the finite soul dies with the body--and how out of these threads we have the Judeo-Christian ethic we call our own today.

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